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Seduced By Secrets - Inside the STASI's Spy-Tech World

By: Kristie Macrakis (411.7/35835)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 978521887472

Seduced By Secrets takes the reader inside the real world of one of the most effective and feared spy agencies in history, the Stasi (the East German Ministry for State Security). The book reveals, for the first time, the secret technical methods and sources of the Stasi as it stole secrets from abroad and developed gadgets at home. Far from unique, these revelations offer a window into all spy and security agencies' techniques.

Seduced by Secrets draws on material from the CIA, interviews, court documents, visits to spy sites, and the Stasi archives to show that the Stasi overestimated the power of secrets to solve problems and created an insular spy culture more intent on securing its power than protecting national security. Kristie Macrakis re-creates the Stasi's secret world through biographies of agents, defectors, and officers and by visualizing James Bond-like techniques and gadgets.

June 2008

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